W. Sean Taylor


Sean is recognized as one of western Canada’s leading aviation lawyers.


With over twenty-five years of experience, Sean is a senior partner at Harper Grey and the chair of our aviation law group.

Sean has acted on behalf of aviation insurers, airlines, aircraft owners, aircraft operators, airports as well as aircraft maintenance and repair facilities. He also advises insurers and their insureds on a variety of issues including liability and coverage disputes. Sean’s administrative law practice focuses on the representation and defence of medical professionals.

Sean has argued cases in the BC Supreme Court, the BC Court of Appeal as well as the Federal Court of Canada.

  • University of Alberta, LL.B., 1997

  • Simon Fraser University, B.A., 1994

  • Simon Fraser University, B.Sc., 1991

Bar Admission
  • British Columbia, 1998
Languages spoken
  • English
Aviation Law
  • Representing airlines and operators in hull loss subrogated actions

  • Representing airports in personal injury and property damage liability cases

  • Representing aircraft owners, operators and manufacturers in personal injury claims and wrongful death claims advanced under the British Columbia Family Compensation Act

  • Representing airlines in personal injury and cargo cases, including claims advanced under the Warsaw and Montréal Conventions

  • Occupiers’ Liability cases (acting for both plaintiffs and defendants)

  • Successful appeal regarding a document alleged to be privileged under the Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board Act

Professional Regulation
  • Assisting medical professionals with a wide variety of regulatory complaints as well as human rights cases and hearings before the BC Human Rights Tribunal

  • Successful appeal regarding an administrative decision to revoke a Guide Outfitter’s outfitting concession

Professional Credentials
  • CHC Helicopters Safety Summit, Speaker (2011)
  • Harper Grey Aviation Law Group, Chair
  • Harper Grey Mentoring Program, Mentor
  • McGill University Aviation Conference, Speaker (2015)
  • Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch Subsections, Member: Aviation Law
  • The Law Society of British Columbia, Member


Recognized as a “Leading Lawyer” in the area of Aviation Law by Best Lawyers® in Canada


Recognized as a “Consistently Recommended” in the area of Aviation (Regulation & Liability) by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory®


Recognized as a “Repeatedly Recommended” in the area of Aviation (Regulation & Liability) by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory®


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